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Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
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Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

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Kierston White - Don't Write Love Songs

The Tequila Songbirds have become just as beloved as about any group around these parts. And how could they not?

Featuring a revolving cast of the Sooner State’s most badass female performers, it’s a power hour of some of the best songwriting coming out of central Oklahoma. Sure, they might not technically be family, but they are clearly a band of sisters all the same, bonded by the same brand of whiskey running through their veins.

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Depth & Current - Dysrhythmia

"Overproduced" is a term thrown around all too indiscreetly nowadays, usually applied when the thing that sticks out about a song or album is how it sounds rather than how it is constructed. Yet some of the most compelling albums ever crafted embodied a certain aesthetic that was just as skillfully and meticulously put together as any Bob Dylan or Miles Davis record — which is to say production is as crucial to our enjoyment of music as much as anything else; it's also the most overlooked.
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Weak Knees - “IceBevo”

Indie rock has been in a good place as of late. Not caring about being cool is the new cool, and a couple of dudes on guitar, bass and drums can make catchy, earworm songs without being armed to the gills with computer software and vintage synthesizers.
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aDD it up

In rapping about the positive, Oklahoma City’s aDDLib has cracked the equation for hip-hop success.

Joshua Boydston May 1st, 2013

aDDLib hasn't starred in movies, and you probably won't find him in a production of Riverdance anytime soon, but that doesn't mean he's not a triple threat. A talented rapper, studio artist and graphic designer, aDDLib — the moniker of lifelong Oklahoma City resident Dewayne Butler — is quite the total package.


"I try to balance drawing, graphic design and music. I use each to feed my creativity," he said. "My first love was art. I've been drawing practically my whole life. That turned into a passion for graphic design. I really enjoy being able to express myself through art; it may be through words, pictures or both."

A longtime fixture of the Oklahoma hip-hop scene, he was a member of Puzzle People, the hip-hop collective that helped keep rap alive in the Sooner State when it was otherwise dead.

It was a modest start for aDDLib, who found that hip-hop helped him move past his shyness.

"For the longest time, I never really told my friends that I rapped. I was a quiet kid in high school, so I just kept it a hidden," Butler said. "I started taking it seriously once I finally let people listen my music and got a positive response. It made me want to continue to do music and keep progressing."

His early material was shaped by his love of West Coast rap heavyweights Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur.

"I'm inspired by great writers," Butler said. "I have a true love for words and the way that they are put together. Clever writing is mainly what draws me to an artist and is what I admire the most and try to incorporate in my music."

That approach has been met with a soulful, warm production style that elicits J Dilla and Madlib. Couple that with Butler's work mentoring Oklahoma City youth, and you've got a positive message and sound when that can be hard to come by.

"I like to believe that I bring something different to the table. My approach has changed from years ago," he said. "I now understand the influence music can have on listeners, so I make it a point to reflect positivity. I enjoy speaking on different topics and being as transparent in my music as possible. I normally don't talk a lot, so music allows me to speak on things I might not speak on otherwise."

All that could be found on 2011's Soul on Wax, but expect things to be all that more refined and on point on aDDLib’s upcoming pair of projects: an EP for summer and a full-length album by the dawn of 2014.

Butler said he’s been working on them for about three years.

"I've changed the concept so many different times and have put a lot of pressure on myself to make sure everything comes out just right," he said. " I just want people to understand or at least get a sense of who I am through this music. I make it a point to include my life views and beliefs into songs. The intent is that the true me is always reflected through what I love."

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